Avignon

  • Avignon, France

    © Empreinte d'ailleurs

    Avignon, France

    © Empreinte d'ailleurs

  • The Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

    © Empreinte d'ailleurs

    The Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

    © Empreinte d'ailleurs

  • Avignon, France

    © Ph. Bar

    Avignon, France

    © Ph. Bar

Avignon avignon fr

Feel our top 5 sensory experiences in Avignon…

 

See the magnificent 14th-century Palais des Papes, which stands overlooking the city today as a reminder of its historical importance and influence across Christendom. A tour takes in the Pope’s Chambers and depictions of historical events – and in the summer it becomes a cultural and artistic hub, with an annual art exhibition held in the Great Chapel as well as performances from the Avignon Festival taking place in the palace courtyard.

Hear concerts and theatrical performances at the Avignon Festival. For three weeks in July the city is transformed into one vast stage and hosts 600 theatre companies – every year 50 performances are invited to attend, roughly half of which are from France.

Smell Les Papalines d’Avignon, chocolate specialities made with aromatic oregano liqueur from Mont Ventoux. They are handmade and only sold by pâtissiers affiliated with the Vaucluse master confectioners; some five tonnes are sold each year.

Taste asparagus. It’s revered and celebrated in Avignon; nearly every menu in town lists fresh asparagus soup, roasted or grilled green asparagus, or lightly sautéed, gently sauced dishes of the white variety.

Touch the ancient arches of the Pont d'Avignon (Pont Saint-Bénézet), of which only four remain today. Originally said to have been built in the 12th century, the bridge was for some time the only crossing between the Rhône River and the Mediterranean Sea, making it of pivotal importance.

 

Perhaps most famous for being home to the Popes in the Middle Ages, Avignon has today embraced the avant-garde and is a vibrant destination with a respect for culture, the arts, and a long-standing tradition of exceptional wines. Stroll the boutique-lined streets and through leafy squares, dine in some excellent restaurants and see the impressive medieval wall that entirely encircles the old city. The famous the Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon (Pont Saint-Bénézet) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as are a section of the ramparts, the cathedral and other local churches and chapels. The Avignon Passion Pass includes discounted entry to museums and excursions.

 

Getting to Avignon

By air: Avignon-Caumont Airport from Paris-Orly daily, and from Southampton thrice weekly from May to October

By train: 5h50m from London by Eurostar; 2h40m from Paris by TGV

By car: A7 and A9; RN 7 and RN 100

 

Further information:
Avignon Tourist Office

41 cours Jean Jaurès
84000 Avignon
Tel: +33 (0)4 32 74 32 74
http://www.avignon-tourisme.com/

 

More information